Oncology Rounds

The latest news and research on cancer care from the Oncology Roundtable.

ICYMI: Major news on CAR T-cell therapy and biosimilars

Deirdre Saulet July 19, 2017

With all eyes on Congress, you might have missed two pieces of major news last week on biosimilars and CAR T-cell therapy.

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How UVA uses palliative care to improve patient quality of life

by Deirdre Saulet and Julia Venanzi July 6, 2017

When it comes to end-of-life care, there is a real discrepancy between what patients say they want and what they receive. In partnership with The Economist, the Kaiser Family Foundation recently conducted a survey of Americans’ views on end-of-life medical care. The survey found most adults (71%) say that, given the choice, they would prefer to die at home. However, in reality, we know that only 31% of Medicare beneficiaries actually die in their homes.

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The startling way you could be letting down almost 50% of your breast cancer patients

by Deirdre Saulet and Kate Wister June 15, 2017

Contralateral prophylactic mastectomies (CPM), which remove the healthy breast as a preventive measure, are commonly recommended for women with a high risk of breast cancer recurrence, but there is no compelling evidence that the extensive surgery improves overall survival or minimizes the risk of recurrence for women with a low to average risk of breast cancer.

Yet despite this lack of evidence, over the last decade the number of women electing to have CPM has actually increased.

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Should you invest in a dedicated SRS/SBRT platform or a multifunctional LINAC?

by Deirdre Saulet and Bryan Miller June 1, 2017

For many years, the only option for cancer programs that wanted to offer stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) or stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) was to purchase a dedicated platform such as a Cyberknife or Gammaknife. However, this changed several years ago when vendors started offering multifunctional linear accelerators (LINACs) that can deliver conventional and IMRT treatments as well as SRS and SBRT.

Which technology is best for your organization?

Although many cancer programs find it more economical to purchase a multifunctional LINAC, there are several reasons to consider buying a dedicated platform:

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Smoking kills. Can telephone-based cessation counseling help?

by Deirdre Saulet and Ashley Riley May 16, 2017

When the USPSTF in 2013 recommended low-dose CT screening for patients at high risk for lung cancer, organizations across the country started investing in lung cancer screening programs—a critical component of which is smoking cessation counseling. Unfortunately, limited resources and logistical barriers for patients often make it difficult to deliver effective smoking cessation counseling.

Could telehealth be the solution? Keep reading to find out.

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Lessons learned from our first Oncology Care Model panel

by Deirdre Saulet May 3, 2017

At one of our first 2017 Oncology Roundtable National Meeting sessions a few weeks ago, we heard from experts on a topic that is top-of-mind for many leaders: The Oncology Care Model (OCM).

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To PSA test, or not to PSA test: That is the question.

Deirdre Saulet April 14, 2017

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) just issued a draft recommendation softening its stance against routine prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing. 

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Just released! The CAHPS Cancer Care Survey is now available

by Deirdre Saulet and Bryan Miller April 5, 2017

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently released the finalized version of the CAHPS for Cancer Care Survey. Cancer programs can use the survey, which has been in development since 2009, to capture data on their cancer patients' care experience.

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